Helping those when they are down
I had a call from a youngman yesterday which welled me up because it was hope realised, my hope and his hope. This young man was just over a year ago in an uncertain and desperate position. Homeless, detached from family, mentally drained, and lacking hope. He was a constant user of the library which provided a respite for him from the harsh environment of outdoor living. I could always tell when he was in the library on entering it because there was a pervasion of odour which followed him and I had to be no jack Russell to sniff him out. I engaged with him and I found him to be an intelligent youngman but a bit uncertain about life, and who wouldn’t be being homeless?
Amongst the first things I offered him was my abode to get a wash for our mutual benefits at the library and clothing. He didn’t take me up on either offer but I was always offering him encouragement how to move out of his situation. I exchanged phone numbers with him as he was willing to assist development of my site and his own development. From gently prodding to at times forcefully encouraging him to make a move, to do something about his situation which he seemed to have no urge to resolve, I was losing a bit of home.
One year or so on I used less of that particular library but it was now dawning on me that my acquaintance was no longer there so I started to wonder what became of him. I tried calling him on many occasions and the phone gave me one of those horrible sounds of a deep void to nowhere.
So I shunted him to the less impactful part of my experience and one of the many people I have tried to lift their spirit when down. I had a call from a number I didn’t recognize and all numbers to my phone is logged for propensity and prudence. A photo followed on the number, one I couldn’t really recognize but on calling I was greeted with a voice of enthusiasm, energy and hope. He knew it was me because I hadn’t changed phone no but he had. Truth be told I texted asking who he was, and after a few exchanges I was now sure who I was talking to at that point he phoned me.
He now told me his GOOD NEWS, which was also mine.
He had found himself a home
He had found himself a job
He had found himself confidence
He had found himself hope.
He had return to his true value
After relating his new position he thanked me
He thanked me for encouraging him not to give up
He thanked me that he was able to achieve all the above
Where we go from here?
We have cemented our relationship on helping each other
and as we both like music we will now be examining all avenues
where we can both continue to grow by helping each other.
Life is like that
Give encouragement to others especially to those who are fragile
and down on their luck, that person may one day impact the life
of others ,even your own, in a meaningful way.